Insider Look at a SandStar Kitchen and Bath Renovation



Take an in-depth look at one of SandStar’s gorgeous kitchen and bath renovations!

Check out before and after photos of the project, including “insider” notes from the project designer, Abbey, behind the stunning transformation!



The wall between the kitchen and great room was removed to give a more open feel. The dropped soffit with luminous lighting was removed and recessed cans added for general lighting as well as some dropped pendants over the large peninsula. In addition, the client requested space for a wine chiller and glass front cabinets for when she is entertaining. Cabinetry is by Executive Cabinetry and countertops from StonePro – in Ocean Beige, Chateau River or Fantasy Brown depending on the slab yard you find it in. This countertop material is a combination of granite, marble and dolomite and offers gorgeous colors and movement.




The owner loves to cook – I have been blessed to be one of her guests!  We took over part of the original office area and extended the kitchen to allow for a built-in microwave, wall oven and warming draws.  Extending the kitchen also allowed for a lot more storage!




The sink remained centered on the window which overlooks a beautiful garden lovingly maintained by the owner herself. Another cabinet with a glass front was added to showcase more of her beautiful glassware.




Since this area of the kitchen was awkward for cabinetry, we decided a gorgeous hood that could also be seen from the great room would make a phenomenal focal point. Enter Raw Urth in Colorado – actually located in the Owner’s own hometown. The ceiling height had to remain at 96” so we drew up a custom hood. Raw Urth sent us samples as well as an engineered drawing. In addition to the finishes, we were able to choose the type of strapping and other custom details to make it perfect. Another showcase item is the Moroccan-styled backsplash that was installed from the countertop to the ceiling in the perfect shade of gray to complement the countertops and cabinetry.




After completing the kitchen – on to the master bath. The owner preferred a shower without glass. However, we accented the shower wall with a beautiful wave glass and glass shelves.




Beautiful balance was achieved with wall sconces and decorative hanging mirrors. The Wellborn cabinets in a ‘Shadow’ stain add a beautiful base to the Cambria Britannica quartz countertops. Bonus – we found a large enough remnant to help keep us on budget. Thank you, StonePro!




Two beautiful items here include not only the free-standing soaking tub but also the window which features bamboo glass. This window was repurposed from the den. When we renovated the kitchen and turned the den into part of the kitchen as well as a laundry room with a huge pantry, we saved this window and installed it in the master bath.  (Originally, their laundry room was located in the hallway that was to become the new Master Suite so it was a win/win for both the window and the laundry!)




Before Photos



In the photo you can see the old dropped soffit with the luminous lighting. Our owner was very patient and was focused on getting the design that would work best in her forever home. By the time the project started, the microwave was no longer working and she was down to only two (2) burners on the electric range.




Here you can see how the original kitchen had a 90 degree corner.  A little creativity, and relocation of the laundry closet, led to the angled wall in the kitchen so the custom hood could be seen just as you enter the great room from the foyer.




The dishwasher remained to the right of the sink.  However, we were able to add an additional two wall cabinets to the right of the sink – remember the glass front cabinet for showcasing the glasses?




Refrigerators are growing wider and larger in depth these days. Here you see the refrigerator actually sticking out in the original walkway from the den to the kitchen.




These wall cabinets were removed, wall cut back and ceiling raised to provide a more open feel to the great room.



We hope you’ve enjoyed this “insider” look. If you’ve been dreaming of transforming your own space into the home of your dreams, give us a call! (941) 637-8080




Abbey Roloff, CKD

Vice President of Construction & Design

SandStar Remodeling & Interiors